Genres: Thriller, Crime/Gangster and Adaptation
Release Date: March 18th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for some violence, sexual content and language.
Director: Brad Furman
JJ Rating: B+
See it again: Maybe.
Own it: Probably not.
Recommend it to: the people that would like to see Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe redeemed in their acting minds.
Entertaining enough to be on the big screen
Length. The time was felt as it hit the last few yards.
Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a defense attorney that works out of his Lincoln. A client falls into his lap. Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) is accused of attacking a woman. He claims she attacked him and made up the rest. It appears that he’s not guilty. Then things start to unravel that Haller didn’t expect. Lincoln Lawyer.
Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe showcase their best talent in this film. Their track record isn’t great. McConaughey should be a lawyer, apparently. He has a great presence in the courtroom. Very suave and powerful as he spouts a defense to the jury. Phillippe looked insane. He has that facial expression down pat. McConaughey sells himself as a lawyer so well that I’d hire him. I would. Who is your lawyer? Matthew McConaughey. Oh, I’m shaking in my boots. You should be. You should be.
I liked Lincoln Lawyer. It reminded me a lot of a lawyer shows on TV. It took a concept that lawyer shows have taken up, but they don’t have McConaughey and Phillippe. In reality, this is a show made for the big screen. I can’t say go see this film, because it is like seeing a TV show on the big screen. For me that’s ok, I enjoyed seeing this lawyer TV show made for the big screen with two actors I liked on the backburner. Now I can like them and have a valid reason. If I were to suggest people to see it, I’d suggest those that are 28 and older to see it. Anyone younger would find it boring and too similar to what they could see at home On Demand.
It was great to see Trace Adkins. He’s a really big guy. Massive amount of country singer. Marisa Tomei did a good job as McConaughey’s wife. She has charm to her that is hard to come by for other women that might be more attractive than her, which adds to her attractiveness. William H. Macy did a fine job, but his hair distracted me. A lot. Speaking of hair, this was the blondest movie I’ve ever seen. So many blond people proliferated the film. Hitler would be proud. I tease, I tease. Darkly.
Lincoln Lawyer moved fast. This kept the film engaging and thrilling all at the same time. Again another film with words as weapons more so than fist. For me it’s more thrilling to watch people word battle than see them use their fist or a weapon of massive masculinity. There’s a reason why the pen is mightier than the sword. A bit of poetic justice happens at the end of Lincoln Lawyer and I like it. The end is also one of the problems with the film. It took it too long to just end. Gave me a little The Return of the King anxiety.
Lincoln Lawyer might be made for TV, but with McConaughey and Phillippe acting better than they have in a long while--they force the film to be worthwhile for many moviegoers to see. Good job, boys. Good job.
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